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Business Planning

An employment social enterprise is an organization that 1) derives a meaningful portion of its total budget from the sale of goods and services, and 2) purposefully hires and supports a specific population of employees as part of its mission. The Business Planning section covers the first element in depth, while the Employee Success Program section covers the second. 

The Business Planning section explores three core concepts in some depth: a) how ESEs generate earned revenue, b) how ESEs can maintain or increase profitability of business operations, and c) best practices around how ESEs can plan for the future, whether by exploring growth scenarios, business model pivots, or other actions. 

All Business Planning Resources

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8 minutes | Business Planning | Manage a Social Enterprise

Customer Interviews and Focus Groups

Learn more about when and how you should leverage customer interviews and focus groups for gathering customer feedback.
8 minutes | Business Planning | Grow a Social Enterprise

Example Sales Channel Analysis

See an example of a sales channel analysis to evaluate individual channel performance and prioritize channels for future investment.
7 minutes | Business Planning | Grow a Social Enterprise

Examples of Value Proposition Statements

Review examples of value proposition statements from real employment social enterprises in varying industries to get inspired!
14 minutes | Business Planning | Manage a Social Enterprise

Example Customer Surveys & Survey Analysis

See examples of themes and questions that can be addressed in a customer survey. You can use these examples as a starting point for creating your own customer survey. Also you can download an example how the responses of a customer survey can be analyzed to help you grow your business.
10 minutes | Business Planning | Manage a Social Enterprise

Breakeven Analysis Template

Use this template to conduct a breakeven analysis and determine the sales volume required to reach the breakeven point for your business.
Business Planning | Manage a Social Enterprise

Example Customer Interview Guide

See examples of themes and questions that can be addressed in a customer interview with an existing or prospective customer. You can use this guide as a starting point to create your own guide by selecting and tailoring questions relevant to your business and adding your own.
6 minutes | Business Planning | Manage a Social Enterprise

Using a Breakeven Analysis to Inform Pricing Decisions

Before your social enterprise can evaluate different pricing strategies for its products, it must first understand two crucial pieces of information. In this deep dive, we will learn how to 1) Understand your social enterprise’s cost structure and 2) Conduct a break-even analysis.
7 minutes | Business Planning | Manage a Social Enterprise

Business Model-Impact Canvas

Use this simple business model canvas template called "The Impact Canvas" that is tailored for social enterprises to lay out your business idea.
10 minutes | Business Planning | Grow a Social Enterprise

Partner & Customer Evaluation Tool

We've created a tool to help you evaluate potential, and even current, partner and customers, based on what is important to YOUR organization. This makes it easier to pursue, release, and/or keep a partner or customer to help you increase your impact!
12 minutes | Business Planning | Manage a Social Enterprise

Common Pricing Strategies

Learn more about the common pricing strategies with a few bonus strategies!